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13 Oct. 2015
Trojan War
The rise and fall of USC Trojans football during Pete Carroll's coaching tenure.
 
20 Oct. 2015
The Prince of Pennsylvania
This documentary explores the story of the Olympic wrestling champions and brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz and their turbulent relationship to the eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont.
 
3 Nov. 2015
The Gospel According to Mac
Examines Bill McCartney and his sometimes-controversial mixture of football and evangelicalism as Colorado Buffaloes head coach in the 1990s, including a national championship.
 
10 Nov. 2015
Chasing Tyson
Explores the years that Evander Holyfield spent trying to arrange his first fight with Mike Tyson.
 
12 Dec. 2015
The Four Falls of Buffalo
A behind the scenes look at the Buffalo Bills four trips to the Super Bowl during the early 1990's.
 
4 Feb. 2016
The '85 Bears
One of the greatest football teams ever assembled, the 1985 Chicago Bears were a team of big talent, big egos, and big success. This documentary explores that success and the players behind it, as well as the questions surrounding the lack of a repeat performance.
 
13 Mar. 2016
Fantastic Lies
A documentary examination of the accusations of sexual misconduct against the Duke University lacrosse team that were ultimately found to be baseless
 
14 Apr. 2016
This Magic Moment
In the mid-1990s, Orlando was the center of excitement in the NBA. The young franchise, led by mega-stars Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway, beat the mighty Bulls en route to the 1995 NBA Finals. While it was clear Orlando was a dynasty in the making, the Magic's moment on top was never fully realized.
 
15 May 2016
Believeland
There's a special place on the southern shore of Lake Erie, at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. Known as Cleveland, it is the site of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the home of the Indians, the Browns and the Cavaliers. But it's also the home of an agonizing losing streak. Of all American cities that have at least three major sports franchises, Cleveland is the only one that has failed to win a championship in the last half-century. Those sports teams, and the hearts they've broken over and over again, have inspired a different name for the city, and the title for...
 
14 Jul. 2016
Doc & Darryl
When former New York Mets superstars Dwight "Doc" Gooden and Darryl Strawberry were good, they were great. They were the biggest stars on a team that captured the imagination of New York City and won the 1986 World Series. But when life spiraled out of control for both men, they broke the hearts of Mets fans. The pitcher and the power hitter look back on the glory days of the mid-80s and the harrowing nights that turned them from sure Hall of Famers into prisoners of their own addictions.
 
18 Oct. 2016
Phi Slama Jama
They were the most popular fraternity on the campus of college basketball in the early 1980s. Led by a Nigerian soccer player named Hakeem Olajuwon and a lightly recruited hometown kid named Clyde Drexler, the University of Houston Cougars not only electrified the NCAA Final Four with three straight appearances (1982-84), but they also helped transform the game itself. In this 30 for 30 film, director Chip Rives brings back the high-flying circus act under ringmaster Guy V. Lewis and spins a tale of true greatness and crushing heartbreak. But while exploring that ...
 
1 Nov. 2016
Hit It Hard
The popular but polarizing former golfer John Daly is the subject of the latest in ESPN's 30 for 30 series.The documentary covers his career and subsequent struggles.
 
10 Dec. 2016
Catholics Vs. Convicts
On October 15, 1988, Notre Dame hosted the University of Miami in what would become one of the greatest games in college football history. It was tradition vs. swagger, the No. 4-ranked Fighting Irish versus the No. 1-ranked Hurricanes, one coaching star, Lou Holtz, versus another, Jimmy Johnson. But the name still attached to the contest came from a t-shirt manufactured by a few Notre Dame students: "Catholics vs. Convicts." In this 30 for 30 documentary, director and narrator Patrick Creadon (Wordplay, I.O.U.S.A.) doesn't just look back on the epic game. He explores...
 
2 Feb. 2017
This Was the XFL
A bold challenge, a fearless experiment and ultimately, a spectacular failure. In 2001, sports entertainment titans Ebersol and McMahon launched the XFL. It was hardly the first time a league had tried to compete with the NFL, but the brash audacity of the bid, combined with the personalities and charisma of Ebersol and McMahon and the marketing behemoths of their respective companies - NBC and WWE - captured headlines and a sense of undeniable anticipation about what was to come. Bringing together a cast of characters ranging from the boardrooms of General Electric ...
 
13 Apr. 2017
One and Not Done
The life and career of John Calipari, one of the most polarizing figures in modern college basketball, weaving his story around that of his 2015-16 Kentucky team.
 
13 Jun. 2017
Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies, Part 1
This entry in ESPN's 30 for 30 series looks at the origins of the rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s that revived - and saved - the NBA.
 
14 Jun. 2017
Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies, Part 2
The 1984 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers cause a nation to take sides.
 
14 Jun. 2017
Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies Part 3
The rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers continues, after the 1984 NBA Finals and the likes of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson retired.
 
13 Jul. 2017
Mike and the Mad Dog
Mike Francesa and Chris Russo's 'Mike and the Mad Dog' radio show ruled afternoon sports talk from the New York studios of WFAN 660 for 19 years-not bad considering they didn't think they'd last 19 days together. Even though they both brought Long Island accents and encyclopedic sports knowledge to the microphone, they were distinctly different personalities who often clashed on and off the air. But when all was said and done, they changed sports radio forever.
 
20 Jul. 2017
George Best: All By Himself
The rise and fall of football superstar, George Best.
 
24 Aug. 2017
What Carter Lost
In the fall of 1988 a Texas high school fielded the football team that many consider the greatest ever, yet chances are good you have never heard their story. What Carter Lost is not about the team immortalized in Friday Night Lights - it's about the team that beat them. It's about the year Dallas Carter dominated Texas high school football, never losing a game, but walked away with little more than an asterisk in the state's history books. It's about the legal battles that accompanied every Carter playoff game, the string of inexplicable crimes that forever altered ...
 
12 Sep. 2017
Year of the Scab
Two weeks into the 1987 season, the NFL's players went on strike. For the first time in the history of professional sports in the United States, replacement players would take the field. Crossing the picket line to play in the NFL changed their lives, but not in the way they'd expected or hoped. The moment they crossed the picket line, they were no longer athletes; they were scabs. By the end of the strike, Washington stood alone as the only replacement team to go undefeated- ultimately setting up returning strikers for a triumphant run at a Super Bowl. For those ...
 
13 Sep. 2017
Tommy
The unlikely rise and sudden fall of boxer Tommy Morrison.
 
7 Nov. 2017
Nature Boy
Documentary following the life & career of 16 time world champion Ric "The Nature Boy" Flair.
 
1 Feb. 2018
The Two Bills
A look at the tumultuous relationship between coaching legends Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick.
 
12 Apr. 2018
The Last Days of Knight
The previously untold, behind-the-scenes story of CNN Producer Robert Abbott's investigation into Bob Knight's Indiana University basketball program. The investigation ultimately led to Bob Knight's firing after 29 years at IU.
 
20 Sep. 2018
Seau
The life of NFL legend Junior Seau, from his upbringing in a Samoan immigrant family, through his path to NFL stardom, to the sudden end of his life in 2012.
 
11 Dec. 2018
42 to 1
This documentary chronicles one of the greatest sporting upsets in history, when James "Buster" Douglas handed Mike Tyson his first-ever defeat. Tyson was the 42-to-1 favorite, with most fans and pundits absolutely sure that he was invincible. But Douglas, motivated by personal tragedy, fought the fight of his life.
 
31 Jan. 2019
Deion's Double Play
The story of how Deion Sanders played an NFL game for the Atlanta Falcons in between two MLB games for the Atlanta Braves in a twenty-four hour window.
 
30 Apr. 2019
The Dominican Dream
A portrait of the Dominican immigrants of New York in the '80s and '90s, as seen through a loving family whose youngest son, Felipe Lopez, became the top ranked high school basketball player in the nation and was hailed as 'The Dominican Michael Jordan'. Lopez's prospects seemed limitless. Embraced as an immigrant hero, then cast aside as an American failure when he did not live up to the enormous expectations, Felipe Lopez would eventually find happiness not as a basketball player, but as the man he was always meant to be.
 
28 May 2019
Qualified
In May 1977 Janet Guthrie becomes the first woman to attempt the Indianapolis 500.
 
2 Jul. 2019
The Good, The Bad, The Hungry
The eye and mouth-opening tale of Takeru Kobayashi, the native of Nagano, Japan, who won the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest six consecutive times, and Joey Chestnut, the American who emerged to dethrone the Japanese legend in 2007 and become the face of the sport. It's a story that's at turns outrageous and poignant, exploring the origins of the careers of Kobayashi and Chestnut, every bite of their head-to-head battles, as well as the no-holds-barred promotional efforts of Major League Eating, the organization that oversees the contest. It may well be a sport like ...
 
10 Sep. 2019
Rodman: For Better or Worse
The unfettered and definitive look at the life and career of Dennis Rodman.
 
15 Oct. 2019
Chuck & Tito
A look at the career, friendship and rivalry of legendary MMA fighters Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz.
 
30 Jan. 2020
Vick Part 1
The career of NFL superstar quarterback Michael Vick unravels after he's prosecuted for running a dog-fighting ring.
 
6 Feb. 2020
Vick Part 2
Part 2 of the rise and fall of NFL quarterback, Michael Vick.
 

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